Kyoto

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Heian Shrine showing a temple or place of worship, religious aspects and heritage architecture

Enjoy a traditional tea ceremony, feed wild monkeys and explore World Heritage-listed temples and shrines in this historically rich Japanese city.

Kyoto, on the Japanese island of Honshu, has been a hub of religious activity and political power since the eighth century. It was once the capital of Japan and retains many of the temples and palaces built within this period. Step back in time to imperial Japan as you explore the city’s many World Heritage Sites such as the Kiyomizu Temple. Kyoto is also renowned for its landscaped gardens, many of which are based on designs dating back hundreds of years.

The wealth of cultural history in Kyoto can be overwhelming and it can be difficult to know where to start. Take the Philosopher’s Walk to orient yourself around some of Kyoto’s historic sights, such as the Eikando Temple. The walk takes in three major temples as well as several smaller temples and shrines, boutique shopping areas and restaurants where you can sample the traditional Japanese multicourse dinner, kaiseki. Cherry blossoms line the walk during spring, and in the fall, the area comes alive with the brilliant reds of maple trees.

Central Kyoto offers a combination of modern and traditional delights. Ride up the Kyoto Tower for a 360-degree view over the city from 330 feet (100 meters) up. Explore the Nishiki Market, lined with restaurants, and fresh produce and street food stalls. See giant salamanders and local river fish at the Kyoto Aquarium.

At one of the regular festivals held in the city, taste some of the food brought to Kyoto from all over Japan to please the Emperor, watch traditional crafts being made, take a lesson in saké brewing and experience the culture of Japan.

Lovers of Japanese literature will enjoy the 17th-century Katsura Imperial Villa, built to resemble the fictional setting of the 11th-century novel The Tale of Genji.

Tourism is a large part of Kyoto’s economy and there are some unique attractions such as hand feeding wild snow monkeys at Arashiyama Monkey Park. Kyoto has a welcoming atmosphere, incredible natural beauty and layered history.

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Where to stay in Kyoto

The Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Sanjo
The Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Sanjo
4 out of 5
74 Nakajimacho,Kawaramachi Higashi-iru, Sanjo-dori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is ¥3,471 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is steps from Kiyamachi Street and Pontocho. Teramachi Street and Kawaramachi are also within 5 minutes. Shiyakusho-mae ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (947 reviews)
"Good food in restaurant. Nice bathroom in room"

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2021

The Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Sanjo
RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto
RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto
4 out of 5
1 Taimatsu-cho, Shiokoji-sagaru, HigashiHorikawa-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is ¥7,993 per night from Nov 4 to Nov 4
Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kyoto Tower and Kyoto Aquarium. Kyoto Railway Museum and Nishiki Market are also within 2 ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (2,117 reviews)
"The location is good and just about 10 minutes walking from Kyoto station. The pool is closed too early."

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto
Hotel Granvia Kyoto
Hotel Granvia Kyoto
4.5 out of 5
JR Kyoto Station, Karasuma Chuo-guchi, Karasuma-dori, Shimogyo, Kyoto, Kyoto
Fully refundable
The price is ¥15,287 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 29
Located in Central Kyoto, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kyoto Tower and Higashi Honganji Temple. Sanjusangendo Temple and Nishihonganji Temple ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,056 reviews)
"I picked this hotel last minute due to Covid but we really enjoyed our stay. It is right outside the Kyoto train station so getting around was super easy and there are so many places to shop and eat. The only downside was the hotel is not a good fit if you are traveling with young children. The pool ..."

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2021

Hotel Granvia Kyoto
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Tofukuji Riverside
Tofukuji Riverside
3 out of 5
2-27 Fukuine Goshonouchicho, Higashiyama, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is ¥3,222 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 28
Located in Higashiyama, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tofukuji Temple, Sanjusangendo Temple, and Kyoto National Museum. Kyoto TERRSA and Fushimi ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
素晴らしい
"駅が近いので観光にはとても便利。駅前にコンビニもあり部屋も清潔でとても満足でした。また利用したいと思います。"

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2021

Tofukuji Riverside
nol kyoto sanjo
nol kyoto sanjo
3 out of 5
700, Osakazaimokucho, Nakagyoku, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is ¥20,545 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 28
Located in Central Kyoto, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Teramachi Street and Nishiki Market. Rokakkudo Temple and Kyoto International Manga Museum ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (12 reviews)
"スタッフの対応、ロケーション、設備、サービスなど、すべて文句なしでした‼︎ また利用したいと思います。"

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2021

nol kyoto sanjo
ORI Kyoto Hotel
ORI Kyoto Hotel
3 out of 5
566-4 Kazahayacho Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is ¥6,899 per night from Nov 11 to Nov 11
Located in Central Kyoto, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Shijo Omiya and Kyoto Art Center. Sanjo and Nishiki Market are also within 15 ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (3 reviews)
"The sofa had stains and when I sat there for hours my skin was a little itchy. They provided me with spray to kill germs."

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2021

ORI Kyoto Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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